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Taiwan Eats: Pan-Fried Rice Noodles

Seriously Asian Cathy Erway 2 comments

Perfect for feeding a crowd or fixing a solo meal on the fly, this simple home-style Taiwanese noodle-and-vegetable dish may look bland, but hidden within are layers of flavor, thanks to plenty of white pepper, black vinegar, and broth. More

Taiwanese Pan-Fried Rice Noodles

Serious Eats Cathy Erway 10 comments

Perfect for feeding a crowd or fixing a solo meal on the fly, this simple home-style Taiwanese noodle-and-vegetable dish may look bland, but hidden within are layers of flavor, thanks to plenty of white pepper, black vinegar, and broth. More

Taiwanese Meat Sauce With Rice (Lu Rou Fan)

Serious Eats Cathy Erway 15 comments

This savory classic infuses five spice and soy sauce in a simple braise for minced or ground pork. The versatile dish draws comparisons to ragu sauce for its long-simmered, meaty richness. More

Snapshots from Taiwan: What We Ate at a Chinese Wedding Banquet

Clarissa Wei 11 comments

Here's the breakdown: The meal always starts with a cold appetizer plate. Expensive dishes such as shark fin, abalone, jumbo shrimp and scallops are typical as an indication of prosperity. And there is almost always a whole fish, chicken, duck or pig present. A whole animal represents completeness and luck. More

25 Things You Must Eat in Tainan, the Culinary Center of Taiwan

Clarissa Wei 7 comments

For those who hail from Taiwan, it's common knowledge that the city of Tainan, located on the southern part of the island, is its food capital. Known as "the City of Snacks," Tainan is where people flock to try some of the most delicious and unique dishes of Taiwan. Here are 25 of them: fish chin soup, bamboo with mayo, eel noodles, and more. More

This Is a Real Taiwanese Breakfast

Clarissa Wei 6 comments

Breakfast is a big deal in Taiwan. Every morning, hundreds of vendors get up early in time for the morning breakfast rush. The food is pretty much the same across the board: soy milk, turnip cakes, fan tuan, and twisted cruller. Oh but those turnip cakes are small cubes of wonder, smothered with a delicious sweet and slightly spicy red sauce. More

Taiwan: A Food Tour of 5 Night Markets

Clarissa Wei 9 comments

A trip to Taiwan isn't complete without a visit to one of its famous night markets. They're open everyday in the evening and have become a gathering ground for tourists and locals alike. In addition to cheap bargain deals, Taiwan's night markets are vital destinations to experience some of the country's best small eats. Here's a food tour of five Taiwan night markets near the Taipei area. Where to go for shaved ice, egg custard, bao, snake meat, and more. More

10 Instant Noodle Flavors That Are Actually Spicy

The Ramen Rater 14 comments

Recently I received an email from a man who was angry. He was angry that his "spicy chicken" instant noodles weren't spicy whatsoever. Are any flavors out there actually spicy? Here are 10 that should get your mouth's attention. More

A Guide to a Traditional Taiwanese Breakfast

Clarissa Wei 23 comments

Breakfast usually comes in the form of street food in Taiwan. Vendors will set up shop on the curbside in the morning hours; there's a lot of dough and deep-frying involved. Yung Ho is one of the main Taiwanese breakfast joints in the San Gabriel Valley, a hotbed of Chinese and Taiwanese food in Los Angeles. Here's a detailed breakdown of each individual dish. More

Tea Time: All About Oolong (Part Two - Taiwan)

Drinks Liz Clayton 2 comments

In the mid-1800s, oolong tea, already well-rooted in the Fujian and Guangdong provinces of China, cleverly found its way across the "Black Ditch" strait to Taiwan. Here's our guide to Taiwanese oolong. More

Culinary Ambassadors: Breakfast in Taiwan, Shao Bing You Tiao

The Culinary Ambassador Corps 13 comments

Perhaps the most iconic breakfast in Taiwan is 燒餅油條 (shao bing you tiao) combined with soy milk. The first being the brilliant combination of a baked pocket of dough and a fried cruller prepared in ammonia bicarbonate (yum), and the latter being, well, milk from soybeans. More

Street Food in Taiwan: Pig's Blood Cake

The Culinary Ambassador Corps 14 comments

Now, it would almost seem like an insult if I actually tried to summarize what constitutes street food in Taiwan, given its wide range of tastes. Typical street food in Taiwan ranges from tempura to fried octopus tentacles to stinky tofu, but if there were one thing that could be considered Taiwanese through and through, it would be pig's blood cake. More

Seasonal Octopus Salad-Topped Cod Burger from MOS Burger in Taiwan

A Hamburger Today An AHT Field Agent 5 comments

Today's AHT reader-recommended burger comes from Nicholas Chen (aka myinnerfatty on Serious Eats/AHT), who's spending his summer eating his heart out in Taipei, Taiwan, and writing about it on his blog, My Inner Fatty. His burger rec isn't really for... More

'Brutta ma Buona' in Taiwan, Part 3: Leng Re Bing

Barry Foy 6 comments

At the periphery of a hectic traffic circle in the southern Taiwanese town of Chaozhou sits a bright, open-air eatery called Zheng Lao Pai Leng Re Bing (正老牌冷熱冰). Loosely translated, the name means "authentic, original cold-hot bing," and the stock in trade of this establishment is a sweet snack as formidable as any you'll ever encounter. More

'Brutta ma Buona' in Taiwan, Part 2: Xiaren Rou Yuan, Niu Za Tang, and Youyu Geng

Barry Foy 8 comments

In Barry Foy's previous posting ("'Brutta ma Buona' in Taiwan, Part 1: Fan Tuan") he conjured up a category of Taiwanese specialties that might (by Western standards, at least) fit the Italian description brutta ma buona—"ugly but good." Today he checks out a few more: xiaren rou yuan, niu za tang (pictured), and youyu geng. More

'Brutta ma Buona' in Taiwan, Part 1: Fan Tuan

Barry Foy 20 comments

Devotees of Italian cuisine will recognize the phrase brutta ma buona—"ugly but good." It applies to foods that are tasty and satisfying, even if they're unlikely to win any beauty contests. Taiwan, one of the world's premier patches of culinary real estate, has its own share of ugly-but-goods. Steer clear of the various edible lumps, bumps, and viscous puddles on offer, however, and you risk missing out on much of the good stuff. More

Chinese Food Carvings

Robyn Lee 9 comments

[Photograph: national Palace Museum] That's not a glistening chunk of pork—that's a stone carved to look like a glistening chunk of pork. The "Meat-shaped Stone," along with the "Jadeite Cabbage," made during the Ch'ing Dynasty (1644–1911) are some of the most famous pieces at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan.... More

Burgers in Taiwan: A Comedy of Errors

A Hamburger Today Lee Anne Shaffer 14 comments

Note: When Serious Eats reader Lee Anne Shaffer recently took a trip to Taipei, Taiwan, to visit family, she did a bit of burger scouting in hopes of finding something worth reporting on AHT. Alas, while Taipei is known for... More

Peking Duck Pizza at Costco (in Taiwan)

Slice Adam Kuban 4 comments

[Photograph: My Inner Fatty] From the blog My Inner Fatty comes this account of Peking duck pizza, available at Costco of Taiwan: it looks just like a regular pizza, except... it's covered in Peking duck! Instead of tomato sauce, try 甜麵醬 (er, I don't know how to translate that, it's the sauce you put into those thin pancakes when you have Peking duck). Then to replace normal onions, you have scallions. To be fair, the pizza wasn't amazing, the crust was kind of soggy ... it was overly doughy, and lacked the char on the bottom. Whatever, you find... More

Photo of the Day: Epic Taiwanese Shaved Ice

Robyn Lee 20 comments

[Flickr: yusheng] Shaved ice + red beans + sweetened condensed milk + flan = hong dou bing, or red bean shaved ice, a typical Taiwanese dessert. Oh, glistening suspension of red beans in thick condensed milk topped with wobbly pudding mass—how I love you. For those who live in Taipei, Yusheng says he got this shaved ice at Gāoxióng Pópóbīng. Related How to Make Patbingsu (Korean Shaved Ice) Sugar Rush: Mango Special Shaved Ice at the Flushing Mall Snapshots from Asia: Will the Real Shaved Ice Please Stand Up? Top Ten Taiwanese Snacks... More

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